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This front matter section of this book The Kabbalistic Scholars of the Antwerp Polyglot Bible contains table of contents and introduction. The Antwerp Polyglot Bible is one of the great monuments of sixteenthcentury typographic and scholarly achievement. Predictably much of the secondary literature has been produced either around the Plantin Museum in Antwerp or in Spain. Similar kabbalistic notions informed the reception of Syriac and subsequently other oriental languages in the West at the time of the Fifth Lateran Council (1513-1515). The particular prominence given to Syriac rather than Arabic or Armenian or any other oriental language as a carrier of mystical meanings is not accidental nor merely a function of the author's own scholarly interests. Arcane significance was indeed found in the script and etymologies of these languages.

Keywords: Antwerp Polyglot Bible; kabbalistic scholars; Plantin museum



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